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Athabasca University

Full Time Status at AU

If you have visited the Course Registration Plan webpage prior to December 1, 2020, to ensure you are on the most recent version of the plan, please clear the cache of your web browser before proceeding with completion.

Step 1: Apply for Student Financial Assistance

Step 2: Submit the Course Registration Plan


October 31, 2021

for the start date of

January 1, 2022

Your completion of the two steps above will initiate critical processes including completion of Provincial or Territorial program information forms and confirmation of enrolment forms by AU and your funding agency.

Undergraduate Funded

In order to be considered a funded student you need to have applied and received approval for Full Time Government Student Financial Aid. Full-time status is equal to a minimum of three, 3-credit courses all with the same start date.

Full-time requirements state that you must be registered in a minimum of 60 per cent of a full course load or 9 credits over four months for one semester or 18 credits over eight months for two semesters. All courses in a semester must have the same start date. Funded students receive a shortened contract for their courses. Three-credit courses are shortened to four months (instead of six), and 6-credit courses are shortened to eight months (instead of twelve).

Graduate Funded

To qualify for full-time status for funding purposes in a four-month semester at the graduate studies level, students must be registered in a minimum of a 60 per cent course load (.75 credits per month). This is equal to one, 4-month grouped study course per four-month semester OR two, 6-month individualized study courses per four-month semester.

One, 6-month graduate course is considered part time.

Find out if you are ready for Full-Time Studies


If you are not a student receiving student financial assistance, but require information regarding full- or part-time status at AU, please contact Enrolment Services at or by telephone at 1-800-788-9041, ext. 6822, or visit the Full-Time or Part-Time Enrolment Status page.

Updated January 28 2020 by Student & Academic Services

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